News & Analysis

  1. elsewhere

    Swastika Fliers Emblazoned With ‘Uber’ Probed as Hate Crime, Police Say

    “Fliers showing swastikas above the word ‘Uber’ that were found in Williamsburg Monday night are being investigated as a hate crime, police said. ‘Numerous’ fliers were discovered on Bedford Avenue at Williamsburg Street — near where many Hasidic Jewish people live — at about 10 p.m., police said.” ~DNA Info
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    I guarantee Uber isn’t losing any sleep over this Alibaba-backed “challenger”

    According to a press release issued today, American ridesharing companies need to watch their back! China-based Kuaidi Dache is heading to our shores! Kuaidi Dache, the Alibaba-backed global ride sharing service, today announced that its recently launched luxury limo service, Kuaidi ONE, has crossed into 32 cities in China. This expansion positions Kuaidi as the largest car-service app in terms of market share and transaction volume, confirming the company’s ambitions to expand beyond China into parts of Asia,…
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    Faulty Android tablets leave children (and their parents) exposed even after factory reset

    It’s hard to protect a child’s personal information online. So many kids are now using tablets and other devices to play games, read books, and communicate with their friends that working to keep them safe on the Web can sometimes seem like a particularly stressful full-time job. A report from the Guardian adds to this stress with the revelation that many Android tablets sold on eBay still contained sensitive information about their former child-owners, even after parents did the…
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    Startups Anonymous: What Every Founder Should Ask An Accelerator

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] There are lots of articles out…
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    Time-spent in music apps is up 79% since last year, outpacing social networking

    Despite the popularity of streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and Beats Music, many have questioned the sustainability of the entire enterprise. The two biggest players are Pandora, which is barely (and not consistently) profitable, and Spotify, which has never turned a profit a day in its life. It’s possible that streaming music services will becomes a loss leader for giant companies like Apple or Google, but the Spotifys and Rdios of the world are instead banking on the fact that streaming music is…
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    Facebook is reportedly getting back to what it does best with new Moments app

    Facebook is taking a break from its efforts to become more like YouTube and Twitter to focus on facilitating the rampant over-sharing that made it so popular in the first place. It is said to be working on a new application called Moments which will allow people to share photos, status updates, and other miscellaneous tidbits about their lives with small, specific groups of friends. Moments is the latest of Facebook’s attempts to change the way people interact with its…
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    Pew: For the first time, high schoolers care more than adults about the 1st Amendment

    We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: The kids are alright. Young people in America, despite attracting the ire of their elders for no other reason than being young, save more than their parents, read more books than their parents, and, according to a new Pew study, care more about the 1st Amendment than their parents. Today, only 24 percent of American high school students say the 1st Amendment “goes too far,” compared to 38…
  11. big data binary

    CrowdFlower raises $12.5M Series C to keep bad data from derailing big data projects

    A few years ago, “big data” was a bleeding edge concept relevant only to the titans of the technology industry. Today, collecting and extracting business intelligence from massive data stores is status quo for everyday corporations far from Silicon Valley. But with this shift, and with an explosion in the volume of data created on a daily basis, there is a bigger need than ever for tools to make this analysis efficient and effective. Ask any room of data scientists…
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    SpaceX, Boeing Win NASA Contracts Worth Nearly $7 Billion

    “NASA announced Tuesday that SpaceX and Boeing snagged contracts worth nearly $7 billion to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts will allow the agency to end its reliance on Russia, which has transported America’s astronauts on a per-seat basis since NASA retired its space shuttles several years ago.” – Re/Code
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    Site that mocks tech companies for fancy, expensive offices moves into fancy, expensive office

    Gawker, the web’s most hypocritical media company, has long realized that a good way to get commenters riled up is to point to the excesses of Silicon Valley companies and their fancy office spaces. Just last week they ran a feature titled “Foreign Tourists Stunned By Luxurious Startup Offices“ One of the highlights of the tour was Heroku’s office, a hosting and code-management startup that was picked up by Salesforce for $250 million. Its exposed…
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    Whatever happened to the public stock tech-bubble talk?

    Remember all that talk about a tech bubble last spring? Remember the tech slump that followed, knocking stocks like Facebook and Netflix into double-digit declines over a matter of weeks? It all seems like a distant memory now, even though it fanned the flames under a lot of debates back then. Since then, investors in publicly traded tech companies have enjoyed a quieter summer of contentment. Since mid-May, Facebook has risen 30 percent percent, LinkedIn 49 percent…
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    Workpop is not your father’s job site

    Chris Ovitz has daddy issues. He wouldn’t admit as much himself, of course, or at least not to a journalist, but you only have to spend ten minutes with him, or thirty seconds thinking about his new startup, Workpop, to figure out what’s going on. Tale as old as time: The son of a famous father doing everything he can to chart his own course, be his own man. Ovitz is the son of former CAA kingpin and…
  18. Buring Cash

    Gurley and Wilson point to sky high burn rates, not valuations as the red flag in Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley is no stranger to cries of “bubble!” and the usually accompanying concerns over crazy valuations. But these claims come more often from outside the industry – the media, Wall Street, and internet commenters – rather than via introspection by investors and entrepreneurs living within the echo chamber. In a departure from this well worn pattern, this week has seen a discussion by two of the country’s most prominent venture capitalists, Benchmark’s Bill Gurley (who is an investor in Ebay,…
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    Olive Garden servers have one of the toughest jobs in the industry. Trust me — I used to be one.

    As if recovering from an August full of bad news, social media has finally turned its attention in September back to far more trivial matters — namely, the pseudo-Italian restaurant chain Olive Garden. Like with Taco Bell, I’m fascinated by Olive Garden and its viral pull on the social media masses. There’s something that speaks to our experience as Americans about a glorified fast food chain selling unlimited amounts of overpriced pasta and breadsticks and calling it “Italian food.” Depending on your perspective, it’s either capitalism’s greatest achievement or proof…
  20. Taxis

    Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar unite in information warfare against “Big Taxi” with new TaxiFacts website

    Uber, Lyft, and, to a lesser extent, Sidecar are bitter rivals who have proven willing to do anything in their power to discredit or poach riders and drivers from one another in pursuit of dominance in the future of transportation market. But, it seems the upstart disruptors are willing to put this hatred aside for the greater good of combatting their shared rivals: “Big Taxi” (the taxi and limousine industry). Uber, along with the Internet Association (of which both Uber and…

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